Pizzeria owners and managers are responsible for making all of the decisions regarding the design, set-up, and equipment in their restaurants. And while the walls can always be re-painted and the tablecloths can easily be switched out, some decisions are essential to the success of the business. When a hungry family walks into your store, their eyes should be instantly drawn to the delicious, fresh selection of pizza you have on display. First impressions are so important, and can often be the difference in securing a long-standing patron or a one-time customer.
The sneeze guard display that you purchase for your pizza restaurant is one of, if not the most, important elements that you will choose for your establishment. A professionally-crafted and properly-sized display case provides an immediate statement about the quality of the products you serve.
Choosing an all-welded, professionally-manufactured food shield is a necessary investment for your pizzeria.
Pizzeria Display, Food Shield, and Sneeze Guard Designs
Commercial pizzeria display cases come in a wide variety of sizes and finishes, as well as a selection of available upgrades. Staff service food shields typically come with one, two, or three shelves. The shelves are most commonly made of glass, as it offers the most pleasing aesthetic and an unfettered view of the pizza. Glass is also easy to clean and maintain. ESP Metal Products offers two different thickness options for glass shelves, ¼” and 3/8”.
Food shield posts can be straight or angled, depending on your preference. The metal posts are available in 1 ½” round and 2” round diameters, and in 1 ½” square posts. ESP Metal Products & Crafts can fabricate your pizza food shield display to virtually any size and counter configuration.
Electroplated Finishes Vs. Painted Finishes
The posts that provide the structure for the pizza display case can be fabricated from a multitude of different metals. Some of the most common finishes are polished stainless steel, satin stainless steel, polished brass, coated polished brass, and oil-rubbed bronze. ESP Metal Products & Crafts also offers special finishes that other manufacturers cannot provide such as antique nickel, antique brass, antique bronze, antique copper, satin copper, and polished copper finishes. The metal can also be custom color powder coated to match your restaurant’s color scheme.
When choosing a fabricator for your pizzeria display, make sure you know how your desired post finish will be applied. Most fabricators simply spray or paint on their finishes over primed aluminum tubing. Finishes that are applied this way are prone to scratches, chipping, and flaking over time and with use and wear. When painted finishes chip or flake, the original color of the stainless steel tubing will show in damaged areas.
Electroplating attaches a thin layer of one metal to the surface of another base metal, such as aluminum, and offers a much stronger finish than paint. Electroplated aluminum tubing will not chip or flake over time like painted aluminum tubing and is much more resistant to heat. ESP Metal Products & Crafts electroplates all of its metal finishes which means your pizzeria food shield display will look great for many years after it is installed and require much less maintenance over its lifetime.
Custom Heating Lamps & LED Lighting Options
A well-lit display case is crucial for showcasing your food. Your staff invests their time and energy to create delectable pizzas, wraps, and calzones. Their efforts should be put on view in the best possible light (pun intended). ESP Metal Products & Crafts offers the option to include LED lighting in all of the commercial display cases it manufactures. LED lights provide effective illumination in a stylish design to always keep the focus on the food.
Heat Lamps are another custom sneeze guard display option. Adding a heat lamp to your pizza food shield helps hold the temperature of your food without drying out or continuing to cook it. ESP Metal Products & Crafts installs premiere quality heat lamps, which offer the ultimate in design and performance. Each pizza warmer heating component is wired through the sneeze guard display post and securely mounted with hidden fasteners. They are inconspicuous and easy to clean.
Avoiding Portable Display Cases
Nothing turns a customer away faster than a cheap-looking, poorly-made pizza display case. Shelf-heaters or portable pizza warmers may be acceptable in quick-serve establishments, delis, cafeterias, and convenience stores that sell small amounts of food. They are a definite no-no for legitimate pizzeria restaurants. Besides being visually offensive, they are notorious for drying out food.
Choosing an all-welded, professionally-manufactured food shield is a necessary investment for your pizzeria. These permanent fixtures are designed to withstand the demands of a commercial establishment and can last anywhere from 10 to 15 times longer than their portable, cheap alternatives.
All of the pizza display case components fabricated by ESP Metal Products & Crafts are custom made to order. The posts can be purchased in a variety of model styles or can be designed to meet your specific taste and needs. If your pizzeria is located on Long Island, or within the New York Metro area, the highly trained staff at ESP is available to professionally install your sneeze guard food display for you. If you prefer, ESP will provide the necessary installation instructions for your contractor. Contact ESP Metal Products & Crafts at 631.284.6383 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions regarding the design and installation of your pizza food shield display.